Dec 23, 2012 1:35am EST
in days unless an agreement is reached. president barack obama is now in hawaii for christmas with his family. yesterday he urged the congress to adopt a stopgap measure to prevent taxes from rising on income under $250,000 a year and keep benefits flowing to unemployed folks. house speaker john boehner, he's home in cincinnati tonight. he failed to get members of his own party to support his plan b proposal for ending the crisis. today boehner was back on the attack, blaming democrats for the stalemate by refusing to include entitlements in the networkses. >> what the president has offered won't do anything to help our spending problem and address the crippling debt. he wants more spending and tax hikes that will hurt our economy, and he refuses to challenge the members of his party to deal honestly with thentitlement reform and the big issues facing our nation. that's why we find ourselves here today. >> the president said since the deal had not been reached he would be returning sometime after christmas. >>> workers won't feel all of the tax increases in their january paychecks.
Dec 18, 2012 1:35am EST
integral member of the watergate commission. >> tomorrow will be the first day since hawaii became a state in 1959 that daniel inouye will not be representing us in congress. >> he died today of respiratory complications at walter reed. he was 88. he will be succeeded by vermont patrick leahy. >>> good news on the health front for the elder george bush, former president. for the past three weeks he's been in the hospital undergoing agreement for a really bad cough. doctors now say he seems well enough to go home for the holidays. mr. bush is 88. >>> south carolina congressman tim scott is poised to become the first black senator from a southern state since 1981. today the governor of south carolina chose scott to take over the senate seat of jim demeant who is leaving next month. both men are republicans. >>> with two weeks to go to the deadline, there are signs we could be on track to avert the fiscal cliff tonight. president obama and house speaker john boehner met 45 minutes today. their talks included a deficit reduction package that would increase taxes on people making more than $400